Murry’s Dinner Playhouse has been a staple of quality live entertainment in central Arkansas since 1967, and while this is my first review for Broadway World at this theater (hopefully not my last), it wasn’t my first visit. I had the privilege of discovering the place 30 years ago with my high school theater group and I still remember this show – That’s how good this company is. Fun memories are made here and people are happy to see that it is still in operation. I chose SHREK THE MUSICAL, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori, which will air until Saturday August 13, as it is a family favorite, and I recognized some of the performers other shows. have reviewed. And let me tell you guys, it’s so so cute! I liked it! There is humor for young and old. I advise you NOT to miss this production.

Before the show, there is dinner. At the buffet there was salad, strips of chicken, cod, pasta,Review: SHREK!  MUSIC at Murry's Dinner Playhouse is fun for the whole family mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob, green beans, rolls, and if I missed anything, I apologize. Also, there was an assortment of desserts, but a friend asked if they still had their cheesecake, and I believe a no, or at least I didn’t see any. For an additional fee, there is an assortment of drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. My 12 year old son chose the hot chocolate and I had the Pina Colada recommended by my server.

For those who haven’t seen the DreamWorks Animation Shrek movie, Shrek 2, Shrek Forever After, read the Shrek book! written by William Steigs, or maybe you haven’t seen the live-action SHREK THE MUSICAL on Netflix, here’s a brief synopsis: In order to get his swamp back, Shrek must save Princess Fiona from the high tower guarded by a dragon. Along the way, he befriends a talking donkey, finds love, learns to enjoy the company of others, and Review: SHREK!  MUSIC at Murry's Dinner Playhouse is fun for the whole familylive happily ever after. This particular production had a few extra songs over the Netflix hit, which caused it to stretch a bit longer than expected. The backyard birthday party got a little hectic, but witnessing Donkey’s quick interaction with one of those kids is priceless!

The cast of SHREK! THE MUSICAL, directed by Don Bolinger, is brimming with talent. A good number of them had several different characters, and some, I dare say, matched their Broadway counterparts. Caelon Colbert’s Shrek started out almost unassuming, but got bolder as the musical progressed. Sarah Nichols’ Fiona was sassy and spunky. I loved the trio of Fionas (Reese Hinton as young Fiona and Bridget Davis as teenage Fiona) in “I Know It’s Today” – their harmonies were on point! Janette Robinson as Dragon was sexy and I love hearing her sing. The ones that made me laugh, however, were Michael Klucher as Lord Farquaad and Quinton Sanders as Donkey – they were so much fun and earned my starry eyes for the night. Klucher’s biography says he’s been Murry’s favorite for 25 years, and I can certainly see why. He has charm even when playing slimy villains. But now Sanders, who is a senior at Arkansas State University, has a bright future in acting if he wants it. It will be fun to see where he goes with that. All the other characters also held their own. I could go on and on honestly. I will add that I reallyReview: SHREK!  MUSIC at Murry's Dinner Playhouse is fun for the whole family enjoyed the rat tap routine (Amaya Hardin, Reese Hinton, Bridget Davis and Moriah Patterson) – It was so good, and they looked like they were having a great time.

Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is something all Arkansan should experience. They host parties, bands and whatever else you celebrate. This is the place to create memories.

Thank you Warren McCullough for the use of these wonderful photos. Contact www.warrenmcculloughphotography.com for fabulous head shots and show photos.

Coming Tuesday, August 16, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS by Joe DiPietro, and we’ve been told it’s not Thanksgiving. Check out their website at murrysdp.com or call them at 501-562-3131 for more information.

Review: SHREK!  MUSIC at Murry's Dinner Playhouse is fun for the whole family